As you will probably know by now, I'm not exactly the most colourful person when it comes to interiors and accessories. It's not that I don't like colours as such, but when it comes to my own home I like to surround myself with calm neutrals. White, grey, black, taupe, sage…they're my kind of colours. I do sometimes wonder if that makes me a bland person and whether colour lovers have more fun in life. You know, a little like the question whether blondes have more fun than brunettes?
As I am a natural brunette and my usual colour palette revolves around neutrals (with some greens and blues thrown in) I tend to very often style in that way too. I rely on textures more than I do on colours which pretty much reflects most of my usual images here. This is why this post might come as something of a surprise. Punchy pinks, fresh greens and bright blues are not something that I feature very often. However, when I've had this much fun on a photoshoot I do of course want to share it and show that I can work with colour and even enjoy it.
So, these are some of the pics I took last week for Bianca Hall featuring her fab new cushion and napkin collection. The patterns are quite tropical and graphic which Bianca was keen to be shown and reflected in the styling. She had also mentioned that she really wanted to use the kitchen wall with some fab looking, black hexagonal tiles as a backdrop which her and her husband had just finished tiling. That, of course, was music to my ears! Offsetting all those colours with some matt black to really make them pop and simultaneously calm the colours down worked really well.
My favourite images of the shoot were strangely enough not in front of the tile wall though. They were the ones taken in front of a blue wall and featuring two of the napkins and lots of red fruit like dragon fruit, pomegranate and maraschino cherries. Putting this together was like playing and experimenting with a box of crayons where somebody had removed all colours apart from the various reds. This one felt not unlike putting together a painting and working with the punchy colours and the dark and light elements to create an interesting image that wouldn't look like a big red mess was immensely satisfying and fun.
Well, there we go. Some colours to brighten up my blog and maybe even your day. I hope you like the images and of course Bianca's fabrics! Venturing into the world of colour is always fun and I feel that it pushes my creativity in a different direction which is great. And then, after a long day, I'm happy to come back home to my whites, greys and neutrals...